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 What is your best advice for someone going through a tough time?



  1. My #1 advice is not to say "I'm sorry." Whenever I've had tough times, it has irritated me so much that people said that. I try to tread lightly and see people's moods at the time. Sometimes people want to hear that everything will be ok and sometimes they won't want to hear anything at all but get a hug instead. I take each minute as they come. The best advice I can give is, let them know you're there. Call them, send them a little basket, and let them know how important they are in so many people's lives. Nobody seems to take the time to do these things anymore.

  2. My best advice for someone going through a tough time is to cling to the Word of God. Do not look to the world for the answers. Seek God and trust His Word. For the Christian, know that He works all things for good (Romans 8:28) and that He who began a good work in you will complete it (Phil. 1:6). He knows the plans He has for you (Jer. 29:11) and He will not leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). For a non-Christian, to run to the only One who can give true peace and comfort. Cry out to Him, repent from your sin and seek to live your life for His glory.

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  4. My best advice for someone going through a tough time is to journal their feelings. Sometimes, through writing...we are better able to organize our thoughts, gain insight, or if nothing else, to move *through* our problem and to "get it out."

    I also encourage people to keep a gratitude journal. I know that for me, when I'm having a hard time, I begin to feel empty, or that I'm lacking somehow. Keeping a gratitude journal helps me to see how much I have in my life...it helps me to count my blessings, if you will.

    I also encourage them to pray. Sometimes this is new to them, most times not...but I feel that everyone can use the reminder to open themselves to the Lord.

  5. My best advice for someone going through a tough time is to first pray about it and secondly, get out with your girlfriends. I haven't found much that didn't look better after an hour at Starbucks with another mom. :)

  6. Hello!
    This is a tough question. I actually just wrote a post about going through trials. Here is a small part:

    Exodus 3:7
    "I have surely seen the oppression of my people...and have heard their cry... for I know their sorrows...so I have come down to deliver them..."

    It says GOD HEARS our cries! HE KNOWS our sorrows! How awesome is that?!? God knows what we are going through… and He will deliver us. He is faithful to His people!

    1st Peter 5:10
    " And the God of all Grace....after you have suffered awhile will himself restore you and make you steadfast. To him be the power forever and ever amen."

    We are so strong in faith when we are on top of the mountain & things are going great… but when we are down in the valley & everything is going wrong – our faith is weaker. {unless I am the only one} Sometimes we may wonder if God is there? If He is going to help us out of the trouble we are in? We look to our problem instead of looking UP at HIM. This verse shows after our ‘trial’ is over, God WILL restore us.

    Our trials make our faith stronger. When it’s over we can look back & see that it was Him who got us through it. Then hopefully we can also learn – next time we are going through something difficult… look to HIM. Not the problem. Not to ourselves to get ourselves through it.

    “Apart from Him, we can do nothing” (John 15:5)

  7. My specific advice would depend on the situation, however God has an answer for our "tough times" in His Word. He cares and desires the best for our lives!!

  8. Don't say I'll pray for you! I HATE that because it seems like a cop out. I don't know how many times I myself have said that to someone without following through on a regular basis. Ask them what they need and then be there for them... that makes a difference! And yes, actually pray for them too! :)

  9. My best advice for someone who is going through a hard time is to remind them that God's love is constant, it never changes and that despite their circumstances, He is for them and not against them. He loves them with an everlasting love and that in His Word they will find strength to endure.

  10. Number 1 advice, surround yourself with godly women, influences, and friends to help you through this time.



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